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Eighty-one percent. According to a survey conducted back in 2002, that’s the estimated percentage of people who believe they have a book in them. And that’s just in the United States. With the publishing industry having shifted the way it has, that percentage is surely higher today in 2015.

The sad reality is that less than ten percent of those people will ever seriously try. Writing a book is an intimidating thing, and without the right kind of assistance and support, many people never complete a manuscript, much less do any of the work it takes to get a manuscript published.

That’s one of the many reasons we started Maven. We’ve met so many people, particularly small business owners, who have a story to tell. We’ve seen how a book connects business owners with their current customers and can even bring in new ones. We’ve seen how a book can boost a business owner’s credibility and expertise, creating bigger and better business opportunities.

With all of that in mind, writing a book is an obviously worthwhile thing to do for many business owners, but we know it’s not easy. Probably the most common comment I get is, “I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I don’t know where to begin, and I don’t have the time to try and figure it out.”

That’s where Maven comes in. We can help you begin from anywhere. We’ve had clients who have had only a vague idea for a book when they came to us, and we’ve turned those vague ideas into fully developed, professionally published books. On the other end of the spectrum, we’ve even had a client bring us a book that was completed and previously published. That’s exactly how we started with AVPA President Matthew Grisafe and his book, Our Code. We took his self-published book, gave it a facelift, added some updated content, and made it available on all of the major distribution channels (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.).

At Maven, our primary goal is to collaborate with our clients so that each book tells the right story and becomes a lifetime business asset. Because we work with you, we can meet you wherever you are in the process. We’re prepared to start completely from scratch, beginning with refining an idea and creating an outline. We’re also equipped to take an already finished product and polish it up, Maven style. And of course, we can do anything in between.

So don’t worry about where to begin. That’s our job. You need only let us know that you’re ready to be one of the few who actually becomes a published author, and we’ll be here to help you as soon as you do.

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